Salted Caramel Maple Pecan Pie Bars

Salted Caramel Maple Pecan Pie Bars — This pecan pie bars recipe is a fast, one-bowl, no-mixer recipe, but the bars taste like you slaved over them. So much easier than making pecan pie!

Salted Caramel Maple Pecan Pie Bars on white platter

Easy Pecan Pie Bars

I’m not a big pie person. Mostly because I don’t love crust enough to justify the work involved. But pie bars? That’s a whole other story.

These maple pecan pie bars are a spinoff of my Salted Caramel and Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars. Chocolate is replaced with maple syrup and the bars are full of rich, smooth maple flavor. They just scream fall comfort food.

It’s a fast, very easy, one-bowl, no-mixer recipe, but the bars taste like you slaved over them. Love that.

The crust is made with brown sugar, flour, and butter and it’s tender, just sweet enough, and the perfect foundation for the filling. The filling is made with brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, and an egg, before stirring in pecans and baking. 

Before serving, I couldn’t resist drizzling salted caramel sauce over the top. Make your own, use Trader Joe’s, or a similar thick sauce.

There are so many textures and layers of flavor in every bite of these pecan bars. The soft shortbread crust, contrasted with the sweet, maple-ey, pecan filling, and everything tastes better after it’s been drizzled with salted caramel.

So much faster and easier than making pecan pie!

pecan pie bar drizzled with caramel sauce on white plate

What’s in These Pecan Pie Bars?

The ingredients list for this easy Thanksgiving dessert is short and sweet. Here’s what you’ll need to make pecan pie bars:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Brown sugar
  • Unsalted butter
  • Egg
  • Maple syrup
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Pecans
  • Salted caramel sauce

pecan bars on white platter

How to Make Pecan Pie Bars

You’ll first need to make the buttery crust for these pecan bars. Cut the butter into a mixture of brown sugar and flour, then press into the bottom of a greased and lined 8×8-inch pan. Bake the crust until it’s just set. 

Meanwhile, prep the pecan pie filling. Simply mix together the remaining ingredients and pour them onto the cooked crust. Bake the pecan pie bars until the center is set and not jiggly. I recommend using an oven mitt to shake the pan gently starting at about 16 minutes, and use your judgment from there.

These pecan bars need to sit on your countertop for at least an hour before they’re safe to slice and serve. 

pecan bars on white platter

Can I Double This Recipe? 

I’ve only made these pecan pie bars as written, but I think it’d be find to double the ingredients and bake these bars in a 9×13-inch pan. 

Can I Freeze Pecan Pie Bars?

Yes, these freeze incredibly well. Let them cool completely, then slice and store them in a freezer bag. They’ll last up to 5 months in the freezer. 

Salted Caramel Maple Pecan Pie Bars - All the flavor of pecan pie minus the work - so easy!! Salted caramel makes everything better...mmm!!

Tips for Making Pecan Pie Bars

You can use either light or dark brown sugar in this easy Thanksgiving dessert. Dark brown has more molasses in it, and I find it’s richer and more caramely tasting after baking. Use your favorite.

Also note that you may use either pure maple syrup or pancake syrup. I used sugar-free lite pancake syrup for this particular batch in an effort to save calories, but I’ve tested this recipe both ways and can’t decide which version I like better! 

Lastly, note that you can use either raw, unsalted pecans or roasted, salted pecans in this recipe. I used raw pecans, but use your favorite. 

Salted Caramel Maple Pecan Pie Bars

Salted Caramel Maple Pecan Pie Bars

This pecan pie bars recipe is a fast, one-bowl, no-mixer recipe, but the bars taste like you slaved over them. So much easier than making pecan pie!

Yield: 9 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed (light or dark)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, very soft

Filling

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed (light or dark)
  • 1/3 cup maple or or pancake syrup (I used sugar-free lite pancake syrup)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste (consider omitting if nuts are well-salted)
  • 1 cup pecans (I used raw, unsalted, whole pecans; use halves and pieces, salted and roasted, or your favorite type)
  • about 1/4 cup salted caramel sauce, for drizzling*

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 35oF. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside. Don’t skip lining the pan with foil because bars are sticky and lining the pan will save lots of cleanup time and elbow grease.

    Make the Crust

    1. To a large bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, and cut in the butter using two forks or a pastry cutter. Keep working until butter is evenly distributed and pea-sized lumps and sandy bits form. The softer the butter is, the quicker and easier it is.
    2. Turn mixture out into prepared pan and hardpack it with a spatula or hands to form a smooth, even crust.
    3. Bake for 17 to 18 minutes, or until crust is just set. Don’t overbake because pan is going back into the oven after filling is added. While crust bakes, prepare the filling.

    Make the Filling

    1. To a large bowl (same one used for crust is fine; just wipe it with a paper towel), add the egg, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, optional salt, and whisk until combined.
    2. Stir in the pecans; set aside until crust is done baking.
    3. After crust has baked, gently and carefully pour filling over crust (give filling one last quick stir before pouring it), smoothing the pecans with a spatula or use your fingers to evenly distribute them. Make sure they’re not clustered in one area and they’re as flat as possible because edges or corners that are jutting up will be prone to burning.
    4. Bake for about 16 to 19 minutes, or until center is set and not jiggly. Use an oven mitt to shake the pan gently starting at about 16 minutes, and use your judgment from there; bars will set up more as they cool.
    5. Place pan on a wire rack to cool for at least 1 hour before drizzling with salted caramel, slicing, and serving.

Notes

  • *If desired, you can easily make your own Salted Caramel Sauce.
  • Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389 Total Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 48mg Sodium: 66mg Carbohydrates: 53g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 31g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g

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Apple Turnovers — These apple turnovers take just 15 minutes to prep and are filled with the most incredible cinnamon apple filling. These are the ultimate fall dessert!

Homemade Turtles — Fast, easy, no-bake and just 4 ingredients! Chewy, gooey, salty-and-sweet! Homemade always tastes better!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Crumble Bars — Move over, apple pie! These are an apple pie, apple crumble and cheesecake all in one!

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Buttery Pecan Pumpkin Spice Cookies — Buttery soft dough with big chunky pecans in every bite! Salty-and-sweet and so hard to resist!!

Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting — An EASY, one-bowl, no-mixer apple cake that’s to-die-for!! Loaded with juicy apples in every bite, perfectly spiced, and topped with tangy cream cheese frosting! So DELISH!!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies — Rich, fudgy brownies topped with pumpkin and chocolate chips!! An EASY, no mixer pumpkin brownie recipe that’s FASTER than using a boxed mix! 

75 comments on “Salted Caramel Maple Pecan Pie Bars”

  1. I am with you on the crust – too much work. But these bars look perfect. It’s all about the filling anyway! Pinned!

  2. I love love this filling Averie!! Gorgeous looking bars!

  3. I look forward to pecan pie all year – I can’t believe I never thought to do a salted version! I am seriously drooling.

  4. These bars look so good! My waistline also likes that you can freeze the excess and then lift some out of the freezer for a treat!

  5. Delicious pie in handheld form. Perfect. And I agree – the pie-making process is annoying, haha.

  6. A press & bake shortbread/cookie crust wins out over regular pie crust for me too. There was a time when I kind of liked rolling out a homemade crust but I got over that pretty quickly. I love the maple syrup in these instead of the corn syrup many recipes call for. These are some great looking bars!!

  7. These look awesome! Although I bet you’d have a new appreciation for pie crust if you gave it a try. The recipe I use could convert anyone :)

  8. I love how simple these are to make Averie – I am not going to lie, making pie crusts is not my favourite thing to do either! And I love that you can eat bars on the go! Pinned :)

  9. As a kid I loved pecan pie but as an adult I can no longer tolerate that thick goopy sweet filling…these bars give you all the best of pecan pie but without that huge layer of sweet goop…love that..I’m making these for thanksgiving so we can have pecan pie back on the table.

    • These are definitely much more nutty than goopy filling-based. I actually love pecan pie goo :) but can see where some people wouldn’t. With these, there’s no where near the gooey levels you’d find in pecan pie. LMK if you try these and I remember you telling me a week or two ago you were going to make a recipe for a block party or a game day? If you did, LMK what it was and how it went!

      • The pumpkin spice chex mix i’ll be making for Halloween…we’re having your sweet potato black bean enchiladas tonight…I’ve made them about 8 times…luv them

      • That’s awesome that you put the enchiladas on a regular rotation! So glad you like them and the chex mix, yes, that was the one! Okay now I remember :)

  10. Averie,
    These bars look delicious. Can’t wait to try them.
    Annamaria

  11. I have to admit – I love a good pie crust. But the work involved? No thank you! These bars look just perfect, so ooey-gooey-caramelly… Nom!

  12. I distinctly remember bookmarking your pecan pie recipe because it was the only one that ever stood out to me, ever–and now, I’m totally saving this one because it looks like handheld awesomeness! Love the salty goodness!

  13. These bars look amazing! I am loving anything salted caramel these days, and these bars are calling my name!

  14. I think we need to #pecanpieallthethings. Love these!

  15. Pecan pie is so good! Pie bars are a really good idea, especially when you’re on a time-crunch!

  16. Love your addition of maple to your original bars! That makes them even better in my eyes!! These look fabulous and it’s a good thing I’m in a hotel or I would be tempted to run into the kitchen and bake these up RIGHT NOW! Pinned

  17. Pecan pie is a fall must have. These bars are totally going on my to make list! Pinned!

  18. I want these now!! It’s 5am sunday…maybe not (until later)! As for pie, I love pie I just don’t eat the crust!! I do make a mean one when necessary!

  19. YES. I totally agree- pie crust just isn’t my thing. But pie filling? Oh man, oh man. This looks perfect :)

  20. These look absolutely delicious!! Bookmarking this right next to that lemon cake you posted last week ;)

  21. Yes, yes, yes~~~! Caramel and pecan, my favorite flavors :D Sounds and looks delicious. Wouldn’t mind a bar (or two).

  22. I’m with you on the pie crust. I can’t wait to check out the original version, too! These look awesome.

  23. Wowza. Those bars look amazing, Averie! I’m going to be dreaming about those bars tonight!

  24. Be still my heart!! Maple + caramel + pecans is like my whole world right now. I could eat these and die happy, I just know it!

    • I seem to recall you have a pecan pie called like Grandma’s Pecan Pie or a family recipe? Maybe you don’t…just going off memory :) But anyway, you always make incredible looking pies! I wish I was a pie-maker but I’m a bar-maker :)

  25. Pecan pie is my favorite type of pie and putting it in a bar is right up my alley.

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